Nursing Studies

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a structured scheme that helps students develop their skills outside scheduled contact hours.

What is it?

Senior nursing and medical students provide interactive tutoring sessions for less experienced learners, reinforcing their own understanding and developing interpersonal skills in the process.

Through PAL, students will have the chance to develop:

  • Clinical knowledge
  • Team-working experience
  • Decision-making practice
  • Interpersonal skills

How it works

The programme creates a postive, collaborative environment in which medical knowledge and clinical skills can be practised.

As well as discussion groups and revision sessions, Peer Assisted Learning provides a chance for students to learn from simulated medical scenarios.

PAL scenario on sepsis

These have included the enactment of clinical case scenerios - a woman presenting at A&E with suspected sepsis, for example - affording students opportunities to practise their medical knowledge in a supportive environment of mutual co-operation.

What students say

Prompts and guidance from the PAL tutors helped us to see the gaps in our knowledge and skills and come away feeling both enthused and increasing in competence...working with medical students gave us the opportunity to gain an insight into each other’s roles towards a common goal and allowed us to see the importance of collaborative working.

Jill HowieSecond year Nursing student

Interdisciplinary PAL is such a worthwhile experience on so many levels and the medical and nursing PAL tutors... would absolutely encourage anyone to get involved if they have the opportunity so to do

Andrew JacksonFinal year Nursing student